That I'll be closing my account permanently by the end of the year at the very latest, maybe sooner.
The rampant art thievery that is allowed to continue here is astounding! I personally have reported image/user after image/user when there is no doubt that the person A) Did not take themselves B) When they outright say that they just took images off the internet and posted them because they think that unless they see a visible copyright, it's public domain and therefore they can use the pictures however they wish.
DeviantArt USED to be an ARTIST community. Don't get me wrong, there are people on here that do the best they can with what equipment they have and there are a lot of great results from that. But when people upload shitty selfies (I HATE THAT WORD), poorly composed images, images that are so out of focus that it looks like you've been on a three week bender and your vision is so blurry the photos look like a mess of watercolors. Don't even get me started on the people that continually break the "No pornography" rule. I'm not talking about the artistic nudes, I'm talking about the images that show penetration or bodily fluids. DO NOT misread that as me being a prude, I've watched my share of porn in my 43 years, but there are kids on this site too...which is a whole other topic that is covered here by KyuubifiedHokage: kyuubifiedhokage.deviantart.co…
Something HAS to be done on dA's part to get these issues under control!!! We report the infractions but they get ignored, or at least that's the way it feels. Like the admins don't care. If that is not the case, maybe it's a lack of personnel to handle all the reports and/or moderate the many different categories there are on DeviantArt. If that is the case, either hire more people, ask for volunteers or don't shun or snub your nose at people who offer to help cull the problem.
I have known too many great photographers who have left dA because of this very problem. Their work was being stolen and when it was brought up to the admins, they got the feeling that no one cared. Or if they did take care of it, it took too long. And when those artists left, others left with them because they were worried that their work and livelihood would be next in the crosshairs of the art thieves.
When I first joined here in late 2005/early 2006, the work being shared was amazing. Do not get me wrong, there are still many amazing artists still here and I personally love checking out their work. But it has become a den of people who think that lousy pictures of their empty pizza box is art. Well, I got news, it's not.
Don't give me that BS about art is subjective and that it's up for interpretation. Even bad art is still art, but your half eaten sandwich you had for lunch and random pictures of meaningless clouds are NOT art.
Agree with me or don't, I don't care. The fact of the matter is this IS happening on DeviantArt whether you like/want to admit it or not and if something doesn't get done soon I'm afraid that the really great artists on here will disappear and it will turn into nothing more than a glorified MySpace knock-off.